[Slackbuilds-users] Problem with Lilypond SlackBuild for 12.1

Patrick J. Volkerding volkerdi at slackware.com
Mon Sep 1 01:29:48 UTC 2008

Robert W. Wendel wrote:
> Steve wrote:
>> On Sunday 31 August 2008 05:20:52 pm Heinz Wiesinger wrote:
>>> Am Sonntag, 17. August 2008 22:09:16 schrieb Robert W. Wendel:
>>>>    I don't know where to post this so you see it but I'm having 
>>>> problems
>>>> compiling lilypond.  I get a compile error:
>>>> WARNING: Please consider installing optional programs:  kpsewhich
>>>> ERROR: Please install required programs:  mf-nowin mf mfw mfont
>>>> See INSTALL.txt for more information on how to build LilyPond
>>>>   I thought the stock installation covered the Tex package issues 
>>>> which I
>>>> think the above error messages refer to.
>>> There was a discussion on freenode where someone had a similar issue. 
>>> It's
>>> most likely the same cause, which is /usr/share/texmf/bin/ being not in
>>> $PATH. As this is the default on Slackware after a full install, there's
>>> obviously something wrong with the setup.
>>> The missing files are indeed included in slackwares base tetex package.
>>> Just for future reference.
>>> Grs,
>>> Heinz
>> I just ran into this as well.  Building as root (as opposed to using 
>> su) allowed lilypond to build and find these dependencies.  I imagine 
>> using su - would also work, but I just logged in as root to build the 
>> package.
>> Steve
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> Lilypond didn't compile, a while back, for me until I built it as root, 
> rather than under "SU"

This is indeed one solution.  Another is to use "su -" rather than "su" 
as previously noted.  /usr/share/texmf/bin is in Slackware's default 
$PATH (depending on how one defines that), but using "su" doesn't 
execute /etc/profile, and so the /etc/profile.d/tetex.* script that adds 
/usr/share/texmf/bin to the $PATH is not run, and that directory is then 
not part of the $PATH.  One could argue that the default $PATH is the 
$PATH that is built into the shell, which is why I offer the disclaimer 
to avoid getting caught up in semantics.

Another solution is to source /etc/profile like this after running su:

. /etc/profile

I'm not sure if there's a functional difference to using this approach 
over "su -".  I tend to take the path of least resistance and build on a 
dedicated build box after logging in as root from a virtual console.

Take care,


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